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Antigay Bias in Role-Model Occupations

E. Gary Spitko
Format
Book
Published
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2017]
Language
English
Series
Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights
ISBN
9780812248708, 0812248708
Summary
"From the first game of the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs on April 22, 1876, tens of thousands of men have played professional sports in the Big Four?baseball, basketball, football, and hockey?major professional sports leagues in the United States. Until April 29, 2013, however, when National Basketball Association center Jason Collins came out publicly as gay, not one of those tens of thousands of men had ever come out to the public as gay while an active player on a major league roster. Is it because gay men can't jump (or throw, or catch, or skate)? Or is it more likely that the costs of coming out are too high? In Antigay Bias in Role-Model Occupations, E. Gary Spitko argues that in the case of athletes, and others in role-model occupations, a record of widespread and frequently systematic employment discrimination has been excluding gay people from the public social spaces that identify and teach whom society respects and whom members of society should seek to emulate. Creating a typology of role models?lawyers/judges, soldiers, teachers, politicians, athletes, and clergy?and the positive values and character traits associated with them, Spitko demonstrates how employment discrimination has been used for the purpose of perpetuating the generally accepted notion that gay people are inferior because they do not possess the requisite qualities?integrity, masculinity, morality, representativeness, all-American-ness, and blessedness?associated with employment in these occupations. Combining the inspirational stories of LGBT trailblazers with analysis of historical data, anecdotal evidence, research, and literature, Antigay Bias in Role-Model Occupations is the first book to explore in a comprehensive fashion the broad effects of sexual orientation discrimination in role-model occupations well beyond its individual victims."--
Contents
  • Exclusion from a public social space defined by qualities and values
  • Wielding employment discrimination against gay lawyers as a sword and shield
  • Defending the masculine identity of the military and its service members
  • Teaching that homosexuality is immoral
  • Representing the electorate's values
  • Promoting the all-American image of major league sports
  • Maintaining a distance between gay people and God in defense of greater orthodoxies
  • Conclusion: Importance of teaching the qualities and values of gay people.
Description
xii, 272 pages ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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